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gesture, they're saying it shows the -- that what they're trying to do, going to the united nations for recognition, is definitely trying to preserve the last remnant of hope in the two-state solution. they're saying that the israelis are pretty much sabotaging that plan. >> the fact that the u.n. changed the status from observer entity to observer state, i mean, it's that word state that makes all the difference, right? >> sure, yeah. and it is more than symbolic. for example, this weekend, what was the palestinian authority is changing its letterhead to put the word palestine on its e-mails and its letterheads, that kind of thing. but beyond the symbolism, it doesn't really change any of the facts on the ground. it doesn't do away with the israeli checkpoints, the israeli soldiers or the settlements. what it did do, i think, for the palestinians, was to show that the tide of international opinion is working in their direction. they will not vote by an absolutely massive majority. the israelis found themselves in a minority of mind, as well as the united states and canada, nations
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